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Graham, Lionel Augustine Joseph

Colonel Lionel Augustine Joseph Graham A.M.S. who died of cerebral thrombosis on March 24 while on active service with the M.E.F., qualified L.M.S.S.A., in 1915 after studying at Cambridge and Guy’ s Hospital. D. G. E. writes: To his colleagues in the R.A.M.C. ‘ Nap’ was well known as an experienced physician and administrator who had specialised in venereology and dermatology.

He had served in England, Egypt, Palestine, Syria, India and Malaya, and in the present war he served with the B.E.F. at Army Headquarters in France: on his return from France he went out to the M.E.F., where he was in command of a general hospital. When at Cambridge he had won his half-blue at lawn tennis and kept up his keen interest in the game throughout his career. He regularly represented the R.A.M.C. at the game, and at Singapore in 1935 he won the open singles against a Wimbledon player of exactly half his own age. He had a marvellous eye for any ball game, and could for instance, place his services with uncanny accuracy, first in one corner and then the other of the service court. He was also very successful at golf and won several competitions in Singapore and in India.

The Army Medical Services have lost a most popular and efficient officer and doctor, and the army a very good all-round sportsman. His brother officers and colleagues will cherish the memory of ‘ Nap’ as one of their best friends. British Medical Journal 20 May 1944


First name(s)Lionel Augustine Joseph
Date of birth1888
Place of birthWimborne Registration District
Family detailsSon of G.W. Graham, Bournemouth
Previous educationDownside College
CollegeGuy's Hospital
Dates at college1910 - 1915
Dept / courseCambridge M.B.
QualificationsL.M., S.S.A. 1915
Military unitRoyal Army Medical Corps
Service number15677
War / conflictWorld War Two (1939-1945)
Date of death24 March 1944
Rank at deathColonel
Cause of deathCerebral thrombosis
Burial placeSidon War Cemetery, Lebanese Republic
Commemoration(s)Guy’ s War Memorial
NotesNavy Cup Final at Garrison G.C. The Navy Cup Competition at the Garrison Golf Club was won by Major L. A. J. Graham and Major F. C. R. Austin … … The Straits Times 4 May 1934
Lieut.-Col. (acting Col.) L. A. J. Graham, having attained the age for retirement is retained on the Active List. Supernumerary to the establishment. British Medical Journal 9 Jan. 1943
SourcesGuy’ s Hospital Medical School Records, King’ s College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission; British Medical Journal; Straits Times

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